Lawyers’ list of accused priests includes ‘substantiated’ case of S.I. deacon

Staten Island Advance

February 27, 2019

By Maura Grunlund

A list of Roman Catholic priests and religious figures accused of “sexual misconduct” that was released by a law firm last week contains several cases with Staten Island ties that were deemed substantiated by the Archdiocese of New York — including a native Staten Islander who was a prominent deacon and educator.

The allegation against Deacon Arthur Manzione was “substantiated” by the Lay Review Board and he was “dismissed from the diaconate,” according to Joseph Zwilling, director of communications for the archdiocese.

The list, posted on the website of Jeff Anderson and Associates, a firm that advocates for victims, included the names of about 30 current or former members of the clergy with ties to Staten Island.

Many of the priests on the list whose cases have been deemed substantiated by the archdiocese have been previously reported in the Advance.

The law firm’s list also includes the names of Island clergy against whom abuse allegations were found unsubstantiated by the archdiocese, although specific information about when or where the accusations were made is not provided.

Manzione taught students in Catholic schools on Staten Island for many years before rising to the ranks of associate secretary for education of the Archdiocese of New York, according to Advance records.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.